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Solomon Islands Tsunami Warning Cancelled

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FILE - Workers load a truck with aid before heading to earthquake and tsunami affected areas in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

FILE - Workers load a truck with aid before heading to earthquake and tsunami affected areas in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Officials have canceled a tsunami warning issued after a powerful earthquake struck early Sunday near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.6-magnitude quake hit early Sunday about 100 kilometers south of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands at a depth of 29 kilometers.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea after three large waves were reported at the quake's epicenter.

Officials say residents in low-lying areas responded by heading to the hills and waiting for advice.

Some strong waves hit island coasts, but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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